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Pictured above, sunshine on OU Fieldhouse commencement cermonies, Spring, 1958.

This Week in Campus History

In mid-May of 1967, Harry Reynolds, director of the University of Omaha Urban Studies Center, attended a two-day conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The meeting was devoted to the study of urban violence and was sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the American Political Science Association. Participants in the conference included 30 scholars of American urban administration and politics.

Date: May 20, 1967
Source: Faculty Staff Bulletin
Compiled by University Library Archives

Reg Chapman

The Kid's Doing All Right

by Warren Francke

In Danville, Ill., they boast of native sons: Donald O'Connor, Gene Hackman, Dick and Jerry Van Dyke. Now another son of the Illinois-Indiana border, Reg Chapman, is making a name - in television news with WNBC in New York City.

But Chapman, 37, got his start in Omaha, where he is kid brother to John Chapman, weekend sports anchor at WOWT-TV. ...continue

National Employee Health and Fitness Day Today

The UNO community is invited to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day today, May 17. Individuals who complete one of the activities listed below will receive a free apple, orange or banana in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building or in Student Health Services on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

National Employee Health and Fitness Day activities include the following:

- Going for a jog or walk with a friend;

- Biking to/from work;

- Taking the stairs;

- Eating five fruits and vegetables;

- Avoiding smoking all day;

- Getting your blood pressure checked at Student Health Services today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or

- Using your summer Campus Recreation pass.

This year, employees also can participate in the Commuter Cycling Challenge. Click on the link below for details.

Commuter Cycling Challenge

The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation, Student Health Services and the Wellness Stampede. For more information, call 554.2008.

Campus Walkway to Undergo Repair

The main walkway through the north campus will undergo concrete repair and replacement starting Monday, May 22. Weather permitting, the work should take about one week to complete.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582 or

Four CBA Distinguished Alumni Honored

The UNO College of Business Administration honored four business professionals May 11 during the 19th annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards Luncheon.

The following individuals received 2005-06 Distinguished Alumni Awards:

- Tim Hart is senior vice president and treasurer of First National of Nebraska and is on the board of directors of First National Bank of Omaha and Cornerstone Mortgage Company. He received his bachelor of science in business administration in 1980. He also serves on the boards of the Nebraska Bankers Association and the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is the national chair of the Financial Executive's Private Company Policy Committee.

- Richard Lee is the president of International Tax Compliance Consulting, LLC. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration in 1970. After graduating, he began a distinguished 32-year career with the Internal Revenue Service, starting as an agent in Omaha and moving up through the ranks to IRS manager. Lee also served as dean of the IRS School of Tax. He retired from the IRS in 2002 and became a self-employed tax consultant.

- Lisa Renstrom is the national president of the Sierra Club. She received her bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1982. First elected by the Sierra Club's 750,000 members to serve on the organization's national board in 2001, she was re-elected in 2004, garnering the most votes in the club's highest turnout. Prior to becoming a national director, she was a trustee with the Sierra Club Foundation.

- James Young is the president and chief executive officer of Union Pacific Corporation. He received his bachelor of science in business administration in 1978. Young began his railroad career with Union Pacific in 1978 and has held a variety of professional, managerial and senior management positions. He was elected a director of Union Pacific Corporation in 2005. He also serves on the board of Creighton University, Joslyn Art Museum, Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano and the Association of American Railroads.

Rhoades Named Outreach Associate for Neighborhood Center

The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha (NCGO) has a new ally in its efforts to strengthen metro area neighborhoods.

Crystal Rhoades has been hired as the center's outreach associate. She began her new duties May 8. As outreach associate, Rhoades will be responsible for helping expand the NCGO's outreach activities, coordinating its education programs, and expanding its participation on various boards and committees.

An Omaha native and 1996 graduate of Central High School, Rhoades received bachelor's degrees in political science and psychology at UNO in 2004. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in urban studies and political science at UNO.

"I'm pleased to have Crystal on board at the Neighborhood Center," said Ron Abdouch, executive director of the NCGO. "I know her education and commitment to Omaha and its neighborhoods will have a positive impact on both our community and our center."

Rhoades can be reached at 561.7569 or For more information about the NCGO, visit the Web at

The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha was established in 2001. Its partners include the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation; The Mammel Foundation; the Omaha Community Foundation's Fund for Omaha with support from the John H Becker Fund; the Lozier Foundation; the Mayor's Office; United Way of the Midlands, Wells Fargo Bank and UNO. Its mission is to build capacity and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Douglas, Pottawattamie and Sarpy counties. UNO and its College of Public Affairs and Community Service serve as the center's administrative and fiscal agent.

Summer Group Ex Classes Under Way

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of Group Ex classes this summer at UNO. Session 1 runs through Thursday, June 1.

All classes are held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current students and Campus Recreation cardholders. Summer activity cards are available for $30. Classes will not be held May 29 (Memorial Day).

To access a schedule, click on the following link:

2006 Summer Session 1

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Fidelity Representative on Campus June 14

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions Wednesday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Scholarships Available

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Office has research and service scholarship opportunities available for all graduate and undergraduate students. The application deadlines are May 31.

Scholarships are available to all students enrolled for fall 2006 regardless of major. Women, minorities and students with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Application forms are available on the Web at

For more information, contact Melissa Wurdeman at 554.3772 or

Applicants Sought for Kolasa Scholarships

The UNO chapter of AAUP will award the Bernie Kolasa Memorial Scholarships to UNO graduates entering a graduate program during or after the summer of 2006. Students graduating from UNO during the summer or fall of 2005 or the spring of 2006 are eligible to apply.

There are two awards of $1,000 each. Dr. Kolasa, a political science professor, was a longtime leader in the UNO chapter of AAUP.

Applications should consist of a letter of application and a copy of the student's resume. The letter should include the student's grade point average (GPA), his or her proposed area of study and the reasons for interest in this area. Additionally, areas of consideration will include potential for success in graduate school and profession, leadership qualities – especially in the area of community service and activities that would indicate the student's breadth of interest beyond the chosen field of study.

Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

In support of the application, two or more letters of recommendation should be sent from persons familiar with the applicant. These should address the areas of consideration outlined above. 

The UNO chapter of AAUP awards at least two $1,000 scholarships each year to students who are graduating from UNO and are going to attend graduate school at any accredited college or university.

All materials should be sent to:

AAUP Scholarship Committee
c/o Dr. Sandra Squires
115J Kayser Hall

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 15. Awards will be given at a luncheon honoring the scholarship recipients in late June or July.

For more information, contact Dr. Squires at

Male Research Participants Sought for UNO Study

Adolescent boys in grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 are sought for participation in a study conducted by researchers in the UNO Department of Psychology.

The study is aimed at understanding adolescent perceptions and interpretations of parental control in the context of everyday situations. Participants will fill out a questionnaire that asks for their interpretations of hypothetical interactions between parents and an adolescent. Participation takes approximately one hour. Participants will receive movie passes or a check.

For more information, contact Fumiko Kakihara at or Lauree Tilton-Weaver at 554.3848 or